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It’s hard to know exactly when meat was dropped from the mince pie. Eliza Acton’s mincemeat recipe in ‘Modern Cookery for Private Families’ (1845) includes ox tongue and ‘Mrs Beeton’s Household Management’ (1861) originally gave two recipes for mincemeat, one with and one without meat (although later editions would only include the meat free version).

Suffice it to say that by the twentieth century the only trace of meat in the eponymous mince pie was the suet, and even this can be replaced by a vegetarian alternative.

Source :- http://blog.english-heritage.org.uk/recipe-for-real-mince-pies/

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Due to the costly nature of the ingredients, spiced pies were not every day fare. They would have been served on important feast days such as Easter or Christmas (which were both preceded by lengthy fasts).

As the pies were often baked in a rectangular shape, people began to associate them with the manger Jesus had laid in. Soon dough effigies of the baby Jesus were placed on top of the pies to reinforce the religious connection.

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34 minutes ago, SNACR said:

Anyone else think there were  a lot less minced pies in the shops this year, they’re usually stacked everywhere, have people gone off them?

Not in my house. I need at least 4 per pint of port.

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7 hours ago, SNACR said:

Anyone else think there were  a lot less minced pies in the shops this year, they’re usually stacked everywhere, have people gone off them?

It’s now very “trendy” for women to make prodigious amounts of mince pies themselves then post pictures on  Facebook. The wife made 72 for our family of 4, which seems a little excessive.

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8 hours ago, SNACR said:

Anyone else think there were  a lot less minced pies in the shops this year, they’re usually stacked everywhere, have people gone off them?

Ours were homemade with a jar of discounted mincemeat from the year before (in date still). Delicious.

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